CNN Hero Nominee & 3-Star Army General To Join Ceremony

Brewster, N.Y. – (11/19/2013) – Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, asked towns, villages and cities throughout his district to nominate a veteran to be inducted into the 40th Senate District’s 3rd Annual Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

The picks are in, Senator Greg Ball will honor a total of 27 veterans into the Hall of Fame on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 6 PM. The ceremony will be hosted at the Mahopac Falls School, 100 Myrtle Ave, Mahopac, NY 10541.

Dale Beatty, Co-Founder of Purple Heart Homes and a 2013 CNN Hero nominee, will give the keynote speech at the Hall of Fame Ceremony.

In addition to Dale Beatty, Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson will be in attendance at the Hall of Fame Ceremony to accept an award on behalf of his father, Ralph Anderson of Buchanan. Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson is a three-star general in command of the XVIII Airborne Corp and Fort Bragg.

“I created the Veterans Hall of Fame to honor outstanding individuals who have nobly and selflessly served the United States of America. Nominated by their communities, these heroic men and women have pursued a distinguished path in both their military and civilian lives, demonstrating admirable qualities and reaching great achievements worthy of this recognition,” said Senator Greg Ball. “These extraordinary veterans devoted their lives to a cause greater than one’s self, nobly dedicating themselves to preserving the safety and freedom of the American people through acts of courage, honor and integrity.”

“John and I are always humbled to be in the company of those that served before us. We believe we are no different – all veterans are alike. We are faced with the same challenges of age, disability and life challenges,” said Dale Beatty. “At Purple Heat Homes we ask all of our Service  Connected Disabled Veterans to pay it forward, to make a difference in their community or the lives of others. To help carry on the mission at home – utilizing the training we learned in the military to be true humanitarians. I am truly honored to be among those that will be inducted into the 3rd Annual Veteran’s Hall of Fame. We want to absorb their experience and wisdom so we can and my generation can truly continue to make our country great at home.”

Each veteran honored at the ceremony will also be included on a traveling wall that will tour local municipalities and schools throughout the 40th district.

The complete list of the 3rd Annual Veterans’ Hall of Fame Nominees along with pictures and biographies:

Beekman, Lieutenant Colonel Gerald Richardson

Brewster, Staff Sgt. Steven Mattson

Buchanan, Chief Fire Controlman Ralph Anderson

Buchanan, Corporal Joseph Occhipinti

Carmel, Yeoman 3rd Class Yvonne Rustico

Carmel, Captain Edmund Francis Duncan (Posthumously)

Cortlandt, Fire Control 3rd Class George Price

Croton-On-Hudson, Gunners Mate 3rd Class Joseph Turturro

Hawthorne, Sergeant E-5 Giuseppe “Joe” Tanzi

Kent, Staff Sergeant Charles Connor

Lewisboro, Private First Class Daniel Sant

Montrose, Private First Class Paul Raphael

Mt. Kisco, Corporal John Hvisch

Mt. Pleasant, Petty Officer Ronald Rose

Mt. Pleasant, Corporal Edmund Burke

New Castle, Staff Sergeant Mark Blindman

North Salem, Sergeant Andrew Sandor

Patterson, Sergeant Anthony Nacerino

Pawling, Sergeant Michael Kelly

Peekskill, Corporal Charles Wassil, Jr. (Posthumously)

Pleasantville, Captain Scott Elliott

Putnam Valley, Specialist 4th Class Charles Monte

Putnam Valley, Specialist Laurence Gibbs

Somers, Private First Class Nicholas Lapenna

Southeast, Tech-5 Class Donald Pippin

Yorktown, Sergeant Dimitri Sywyk

Yorktown, Sergeant William Lewis

For more information, please contact (845) 531-9796


About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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